May 11, 2016

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Awards GMC the Residntial turf removal program Program picture of a yard

GMC staff worked with WaterWise Consulting, Inc. to convert the lawn (pictured above) into a climate-appropriate garden during the summer of 2015. Photo credit: Amina Aly

GMC has been selected by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Metropolitan) to assist with the Residential Turf Removal Training program. GMC staff will coordinate with Metropolitan’s member and retail agencies to educate the residents of their service areas in turf removal.

The class will cover subjects such as the importance of climate-appropriate plantings, turf removal steps, irrigation systems and retrofit, plant material selections and maintenance guidelines. EcoTech Services, Inc. (ETS) will help develop the curriculum. ETS has transformed over 160,000 square feet of landscape to climate-appropriate gardens.

GMC has provided turf removal services to residents, performed hundreds of pre and post inspections for turf removal rebate programs, developed and teaches its proprietary 3 Steps to Convert Your Lawn and designs sustainable gardens. Its production team is currently working on a turf removal how-to video.

GMC looks forward to working with Metropolitan on yet another program that will benefit residents in its service area.


The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Awards GMC the California Friendly® Landscape Training Program!

March 23, 2016

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Awards GMC the California Friendly Landscape Training Program pictuere of a yard

GMC brings forth a team of qualified professionals to coordinate with Metropolitan’s member agencies, and soon provide classroom instruction. GMC looks forward to assisting Metropolitan in their efforts to promote water-efficient gardening within the residential sector of Southern California.

The principal of GMC, Armando Salas, will take on the role of Program Manager. Salas has many years of experience in managing educational programs and has worked in the water conservation industry for over 20 years. He initially joined the industry when he managed and promoted Metropolitan’s water conservation training program, Protector Del Agua (PDA). PDA was aimed at English and Spanish-speaking, professional landscapers.

Salas ultimately developed a residential component — the precursor to the California Friendly® Landscape Training (CFLT) Program. The residential component gained instant popularity. Eventually, Salas expanded participation in both the residential and professional components by 600 percent.

Alongside Salas, Kelly Takai will assist with technical advisement and instruction. With 15 years of experience in the industry, Takai is knowledgable in water conservation both on and off the field, which has allowed him to teach for over eight years.

Education Specialist, Blanca Cortez, will coordinate with member agencies, schedule instructors and track program data. Cortez is experienced in working with agencies and does so by providing excellent customer service.

GMC’s instructors have theoretical and real-life experience in the skills necessary to be exceptional communicators to homeowners. With strong backgrounds in speaking in front of audiences, GMC staff will draw upon their personal experiences to encourage California-friendly gardening.


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